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Weekend Wrap-Up-Food, Fitness, Cute Animals, And Sunshine

Hello and happy Sunday, everyone! I am off of work tomorrow due to President’s Day, so my mom, niece, and nephew are coming to visit. I am looking forward to it!

This weekend has been pretty relaxing! We didn’t get out of the house much, but there is nothing wrong with that.

Here’s my recap…

FRIDAY NIGHT:

After work, I came home and relaxed until my husband called letting me know he was on his way. I made a simple dinner of salad (with crushed tortillas) and chicken. I made a healthy bbq ranch dressing for it. Plus, I had an english muffin!

After dinner, my husband fell asleep on the couch, so I watched Forensic Files until I was tired.

SATURDAY:

I woke up and made a pot of coffee and had breakfast. My husband and I ran some morning errands (Petsmart and Best Buy) before heading home.

I had wanted to go to a spin class at my gym, but ended up doing a cardio workout at home. If you search “Fitness Blender” on Youtube, they have TONS of free and awesome workout videos.

A little later, I decided to use up my bananas and make banana bread. I found a recipe on Pinterest and it turned out wonderful!

It was healthified and husband approved!

We ordered dinner from a favorite of ours: Roosters! I got the grilled chicken fingers and a ceasar salad.

After dinner, we watched some of the All Star festivities (skills and dunk contest) before bed.

SUNDAY:

My friend and I went to Starbucks and church this morning. It is always nice spending time with her.

After church, I had a quick lunch! Ham, turkey pepperoni, and mozzarella all heated up on an english muffin, plus sweet potato chips. I also had a yogurt with nuts!

After lunch, my in-laws came over with the family pup, Bella. My cats weren’t sure what to think!

My older cat hissed at her and hid the whole time. He usually does okay with her, so that bummed me out.

My little cat (who is scared of everything), was brave and interested in her. Their interactions were adorable!

We took Bella for a long walk and she had fun! It was sunny out, making me long for spring!

When we got back, we started working on a puzzle we got from the bookstore. After we complete it, I want to display it!

What it will look like when we finish…

Once my in-laws left, we cleaned up the house and showered. I did a short yoga video before dinner.

Salad+tortillas+cheese+sweet potato fries!

Now we are relaxing until the All Star game comes on!

Sunday night drinks! Yum!

Have a wonderful rest of your day/evening!

With love,

Carly

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Almond Butter And Chocolate Banana Bread

Hi friends!! Happy Saturday to you! I hope it has been great. We have been doing house work most of the day, but I managed to sneak in a stair workout  (in the 80 degree heat), a short nap, and a few episodes of Fixer Upper. 

Today for lunch, I made a salad with some leftovers and it turned out really tasty! I enjoyed it with a slice of toasted 15 grain bread with butter and garlic salt.

In the salad: mixed greens, leftover grilled chicken, carrots, leftover pasta salad, shredded cheese, and Greek yogurt ranch dressing (Boathouse Farms). YUM!!

A little later, I noticed that I had some bananas that were browning and needed to be used up! I love banana bread, so I tweaked a recipe found online. I was very pleased with the taste of these!! They will get eaten quickly around here. 

 INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup of oats
  • 2 TBSP of brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of baking powder 
  • 2 tsp of cocoa powder 
  • 1 egg 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup of almond butter 
  • 2 heaping TBSP of white whole wheat flour
  • Handful of dark chocolate chips 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 
  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly in a medium sized bowl
  • Pour batter into round, greased pan (or pan of choice, 8×8)
  • Bake for 20 minutes 
  • Remove and let cool 
  • Slice into triangles 
  • Enjoy!! 

These would be awesome with drizzled almond butter on top, or some nuts added in it! I hope you guys enjoy!! Have a great rest of your weekend! 

With love, 

Carly